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Enhancing Matzah with Tomato Salad

Published May 19, 2008
Today marks a special day in the Jewish calendar, Pesach Sheni. Literally, the second Passover, Jews have a custom to eat a piece of matzah. The standard rules of Passover do not apply today, so I decided to enhance my matzah with some yummy tomato salad that my wife made me. She's the best!

My wife is a full-time mom. How she finds time for making the family dinner every night, I don't know. I can barely read a paragraph in a magazine when the kids are awake. Anyway, the story is that I love tomatoes (the magical fruit/veggie) and found my favorite salad at a wedding my wife and I attended a number of years ago. She, being the best, sought out to backward engineer the salad. After extensive research, she discovered the perfect salad is in the combination of small oval like tomatoes, not the ball-like variety out there, and a nice combination of Italian spices. Now, this salad is a very strong salad. It needs to be eaten with some sort of bread or cracker. That's when I got the idea for the best bread/cracker out there, matzah!

Forging the tomato salad and the matzah put a whole new angle on my celebration of Pesach Sheni. I might just have to do this ritual every year now. I think it all comes down to how things are defined. Matzah can be seen as both bread and cracker. Tomato can be seen as both fruit and vegetable. Together, a unique scrumptious sandwich evolves.
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Ronnie Schwartz is the CTO and founder of RustyBrick, an agile web & mobile development firm that creates effective applications and focuses on finding the right balance between time to production and software quality to get clients in front of their customers quickly and effectively. Ronnie brings over twenty years of innovative design, programming and management expertise to the table.

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